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Magazine Archive 06-2013


Module prices: The antidumping tariff recommendation made by the EU’s Trade Commissioner leads to more uncertainty in the market.

Revamping designs

Trackers: The global tracker market has come a long way since 2004 when SunPower installed “the world’s first large-scale tracker installation,” the 10 MW Bavaria Solarpark. Today international tracker manufacturers are hard at work to differentiate themselves from the rising competition by refining design advantages, improving warranties, and cutting prices as more educated customers become more demanding.


Italy: The phaseout of the renewable energy law and the prospect of tariffs on solar imports raised concerns in Italy. The visitors of Solarexpo had lots to talk about.

Overnight inverter giant

Industry consolidation: The inverter space has seen some consolidation, but not at this scale. In late April it was announced that Swiss-based power and automation conglomerate ABB was going to acquire number two ranked inverter manufacturer Power-One. While the move has yet to pass regulatory and shareholder hurdles, it looks set to shake up PV.

Investments instead of protectionism

Dear readers, In the last week of May the photovoltaics industry made media headlines. During the first European visit of the new Chinese premier Li Keqiang to the German chancellery the pending EU penalty duties against imported Chinese solar products was the overriding topic. German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that everything should be done […]

Global FIT overview

Feed-in tariffs: Greece made drastic reductions in their feed-in tariffs for the second time in less than a year. France and Germany also slightly reduced their FITs as planned.

Getting PV off the ground

Africa: Despite financing and grid integration challenges, rooftop PV is increasingly being advanced in the continent, for instance in Kenya and South Africa.

Fodder for the bulls

Ardour Solar Index: Improving demand and margin outlooks buoy the solar index. More consolidation supports the long term viability of the industry.

Emphasis on customer service

Interview: Solar wholesale dealer AS Solar, with headquarters in Hanover, Germany, has been in the photovoltaic technology business for more than 10 years. pv magazine spoke with managing director Thomas Rust, who has 20 years of PV experience, about the company’s strategy in difficult times.

China remains crucial in trying times

SNEC: Slim margins, difficult payment conditions and uncertainty cast by the Sino-EU trade dispute were all prominent factors at the 2013 SNEC trade show. However despite the challenges, the world’s biggest trade show demonstrated how China truly remains a crucial player in the global PV industry.

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